The cold weather has grape vines hibernating so Lake Cooper Estate vineyard has set to work pruning to promote new season growth.ELAINE COONEY July 2, 2014 3:10am
When the vines are sleeping district vineyard workers are busy pruning.
Lake Cooper Estate vineyard manager Don Risstrom said when vines were in the dormant phase, they needed to be pruned.
He said last week was the perfect time because many of the leaves had fallen off.
Mr Risstrom used a pre-pruner attached to a tractor to cut the long vines and owner Gerry McHarg and staff followed with secateurs to hand-prune the plants.
Mr McHarg said they cut back to two buds to create optimal grape growth.
Although working in the rain and wind was unpleasant, Mr McHarg was happy with the rain.
‘‘It creates good subsoil moisture for next year,’’ he said.
He said if they got a heavy spring rain, it would make it easier to irrigate.
Mr Risstrom was grateful for the cold weather because it would ensure the vines remained dormant and early bud burst, which is vulnerable to frost, would be prevented.
The pair marked posts to replace when the pruning work was done.
Mr McHarg said the harvest was rough on the posts and winter was the time to carry out maintenance.
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